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Concert In Lynchburg Gives Tribute To Wounded Warriors


Lynchburg, VA-  A lot of people were busy in Lynchburg Saturday, setting up for a fundraiser to help the Hill City's local chapter of the Wounded Warriors. The Stoney Badger Tavern on Old Forest Road hosted a concert as a tribute to those in Military service. Those involved say it is not just about raising money but about bringing awareness to the community about our own hometown heroes.

Donation jugs sat all over the Stoney Badger ready to collect funds for those military men and women who need them.

"We tend to forget our guys right here at home have been deploying to Iraq, to Africa, to Afghanistan a lot the last five or six years," said Nelson Smither, a veteran. Two of his three sons are active duty Marines, so this cause is close to his heart.

"I understand first-hand the impact that PTSD and these things have and I understand first-hand what a great organization Wounded Warriors are," said Smither.

The plan for the benefit started when Smither was talking with his military buddies about what they could do to honor local wounded warriors. When they came up with the concert idea, they knew it would be fun.

"What I didn't get though was how strong the community response was going to be. What started out as a little party has grown into a monstrous event and we're hoping for a really great turnout," said Smither.

Smither is working with Toby Williamson, a Veteran Peer Specialist for the Wounded Warrior program in Virginia. He says it's the invisible wounds that often hurt the most.

"During their service, experience some type of a fall out and as a result suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury or transitional issues back into civilian life," said Williamson.

The hope is the night of music will help make people aware of the need returning military members have.

"My biggest goal for this event is to raise awareness of our program," said Williamson.

"We wanna take a breath, we wanna step back, and we wanna honor our local heroes and we wanna say thank you to these guys," said Smither.

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